1st Edition

Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow Handbook A Guide to Staying Ahead of the Workflow Curve

By Patricia Russotti, Richard Anderson Copyright 2010
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    Managing your digital photos can be one of the most unavoidable headaches. With so many existing workflow practices based on specific software rather than a universal view of the entire image file processing ecology, you need something that can make the process less overwhelming. Patricia Russotti and Richard Anderson provide you with the best workflow practices for planning and capturing to archiving you digital photography and everything in between. This easy-to-follow design paired with detailed charts and beautiful photos will give you the tools you need to perfect your workflow.  This handbook is software version independent and focuses more on the key fundamentals that are a constant from software to software.

    Furthermore, stay current with the accompanying website (www.dpBestflow.org) that provides resources and links for ever changing technology and the latest advances in workflow, and interviews with professional photographers. Co-published with the American Society of Media Photographers and dpBestflow (A U.S. Library of Congress funded project) Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow Handbook is the most trusted resource for digital photographers and digital imaging artists.

    Introduction By Therese Mulligan Administrative Chair, Photographic Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology

    Chapter 1 : Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow
    The Accumulation Effect
    The DPBestflow and UPDIG Connection

    Chapter 2: Terminology and The Importance of Language
    DPBestflow Glossary

    Chapter 3: An Overview of Workflow Components and Planning
    The Basic Concepts of Digital Photography Workflow
    Planning (Decisions, and the work to be done prior to starting a project)
    Knowledge Bases

    Chapter 4: Workflows and Parameters
    Workflow Parameter Decision Points
    Batch or Optimized Workflow
    Rendered or Unrendered workflow
    Capture Formats
    Workflow Software Options
    The Working File Lifecycle
    Working File's Lifecycle Order- based on software application type
    The Workflows
    dpBestflow Workstation Setup

    Chapter 5: The Image Archive
    Archive vs. Backup
    Data Integrity and File Transfer
    Archiving Goals
    Keeping track of camera originals, copies, and derivatives
    Searching the Archive
    Retrieving Image Files From the Archive
    Migrating the Archive
    Data Verification
    Archive Hardware
    The Image Bank as a Working Archive

    Chapter 6 : Image Capture
    Shoot Parameters
    Capture Format
    Matching Camera Technology to Workflow Needs
    Chapter 7 : Getting To Work - Image Ingestion
    Data preservation and data back-up
    DPBestflow File Naming Conventions
    Add Metadata
    Ingestion Tools
    Handling your capture format choice
    Comparison Chart of Ingestion software features

    Chapter 8: Image Edit
    Editing Checklist
    Editing Best Practices
    Edit software options

    Chapter 9: Optimization
    Matching the scene
    Maximizing Image Quality
    Preserving your work
    Optimization Tools
    Color Management

    Chapter 10: Master Files and Derivative Files
    Tool Options
    DNG workflow primer
    Points of Conversion
    Where is my PIE stuff (parametric image edits that I made)?

    Chapter 11: Image Proofing
    Proof Types that we are familiar with:
    Image Lifecycle Review
    Why Proof?
    Best Practices
    Proofing Tools 

    Chapter 12: Image Delivery
    Delivery Types
    Rendered Files - Repro ready RGB or CMYK Image files
    Preparing image files for the Web
    Saving Files for Screen Use
    Preparing RGB Files for Digital Printing
    CMYK Guideprints
    Repro Ready, but Unsized, RGB or CMYK Image Files with No Output Sharpening
    Rendered delivery file formats
    Unrendered Files
    Delivery Media
    Delivery Paperwork: The "ReadMe" File 

    It's a Wrap

    The Importance of Ergonomics


    Patricia Russotti is a New Media Professor, College of Imaging Arts & Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is an artist, educator, curriculum developer, and international presenter. She provides imaging services for corporations, public service organizations and individual artistic commissions.

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